Tickets are available for two luncheons featuring Illinois State basketball Coach Dan Muller.

The first luncheon is Dec. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Legends Room in Redbird Arena. It also will feature UIC basketball coach Steve McClain. The second luncheon, set for the Hancock Stadium Club, will be Jan. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature Bradley coach Brian Wardle.

Organized by the Illinois State Men’s Basketball Insiders Club, the Muller Luncheon Series is in conjunction with the Dec. 19 game against UIC and the Jan. 17 game against Bradley, both at Redbird Arena. Muller and the coaches will share stories and field questions related to their experiences as college coaches.

Tickets are available to the public on a limited basis for $60 each by contacting a Weisbecker Scholarship Fund representative at 309-438-3803. A table of eight also can be booked for $450 or a table of four for $240.

McClain is in his second season at UIC after five seasons on the staff at Indiana. He also went 157-115 in nine seasons as head coach at Wyoming.

Wardle is in his third season at Bradley. Prior to that, he spent five seasons as head coach at Green Bay, where he had a 95-65 record and was the 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year.

Questions should be directed to Marianne Riddell at (309) 438-5455.

Pence, Keene all-region: Illinois State’s Courtney Pence and Jaelyn Keene have been named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-North Region selections, the organizations announced Tuesday. Pence was an all-region first-team selection, while Keene received honorable mention.

Pence, a junior, leads NCAA Division I in total digs (821), while ranking second in digs per set (6.27). She set ISU’s single-season digs record (821) and broke the school’s career digs record (2,083).

Keene, a senior, led ISU in kills (503), attacks (1,156), hitting percentage (.326), aces (43) and blocks (131). She finished her career in the top 10 in school history in kills (1,567), aces (140) and blocks (472), and set an ISU career hitting percentage record (.367).

Both players are eligible for AVCA All-America honors, which will be announced Dec. 13. 


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